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University of Reading

4.3 out of 5 (27 ratings / 20 reviews) Reading, England, United Kingdom
At Reading we pursue an ambitious and innovative enterprise agenda. Over the last five years we have enjoyed considerable success in collaborative research partnerships, delivering over 1200 projects. Other services in demand are consultancy, technology transfer and intellectual property licensing. 

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (34)
Computer Science & IT (1)

About

History

The University was established in 1892 and originated as a University of Oxford extension college. Today, it is ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17 and QS World University Rankings 2018) and holds a world-class reputation for the quality of its teaching, research and links to business. 

Education

Reading is consistently one of the most popular higher education choices in the UK. Our unusually broad portfolio of full- and part-time degree programmes covers the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. We regularly update our programmes as new ideas emerge and industry needs change and are involved with four national Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.First-class resources support world-class teaching. Our ongoing investment in high-quality teaching and learning facilities ensures our academic staff and students can achieve their full potential. We provide extensive resources from libraries and computing to language labs and wireless networking.

Research

Research at the University of Reading aims to solve some of the biggest problems facing people today, based on five themes: environment, food, health, heritage and creativity and prosperity and resilience. Working across continents and disciplines, our researchers explore ways to tackle climate change, improve human health, provide food security and understand human culture.

Career

We organise an extensive programme of career development workshops and on campus recruitment events providing something for everyone.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2019
195 -7
2018
188 -13
2017
175
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2019
201
2018
201 -9
2017
192
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2018
201
2017
201 100
2016
301
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2019
-
2018
299 2
2017
301
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

The University has a range of academic services to help you excel. From Study Advice and Maths Support to Peer Assisted Learning and Liaison Librarians.

There are a number of services available to all students, to provide help and support with any aspect of academic life. They can be accessed by one-on-one appointments, at regular drop-ins or via email and telephone.

Housing services

We have a range of rooms available for full or part-year bookings.

  • For Whiteknights Campus -  Halls accommodation
  • For London Road Campus  - Accommodation at Kendrick Hall 

Library services

The University Library and its staff can support your studies, providing you with access to information - online, multimedia or printed - and the skills to make the most of it.

ICT services

IT provides help and advice with using computer software and hardware.

  • On-line forms provide a quick way to apply for services.
  • Training in the use of common software is available from IT.
  • Open access PC and Unix workstation facilities are available on-campus.
  • The software list is a quick way to locate software on central computing facilities.
  • The University also provides options for storing files.

Medical services

If you are resident in an EEA/non-UK European Economic Area (EEA) member state and are visiting or studying in England you can access free NHS treatment that is medically necessary during your stay by showing a valid EHIC. This allows the UK to recover the cost of your care from your country of residence. 

Student Life

Campus life

  • Whiteknights Campus

Our main campus is set in 130 hectares of beautiful parkland, so you’ll find plenty of places to relax during the day. The site has received seven consecutive Green Flag awards, recognising it as one of Britain’s top green spaces.

  • London Road Campus

The London Road campus has recently undergone a £30 million transformation. This historic site, one of the University’s original campuses, is home to the Institute of Education. It also features the Great Hall, which is used for concerts and graduation ceremonies, and a bar/café that serves hot and cold food.

  • Greenlands Campus

It features a fully equipped fitness centre, business facilities, a conference centre, accommodation and dining room. 

Sports facilities

As a student you will have access to the extensive sports facilities on offer, both indoors and outdoors. On campus you will find courts, pitches and playing fields for a wide range of sports, as well as a fully-equipped sports centre with gym

Student clubs

The Union is home to a wide range of societies and clubs, all of which are run voluntarily by students. There are currently over 150 societies and sports clubs, which all students are welcome to join.

Student Reviews

In a world of grey, be Red!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The faculty and facilities at Reading are fantastic, particularly for archaeology, geography, and other earth sciences. Academic and personal support is generally very good. My experiences of studying have only been marred by generally substandard administration on the part of the university (not the school) and fairly unpleasant student credit control services.

The best study experience in my life
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I enjoy my studies in Reading so much: great lectures, student support, incredible opportunites.

Good University....
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Good place to study and grow not only in terms of education, but also personally-there are a lot of opportunities to showcase your talents and extra-curricular skills. Lots of help from faculty and staff.

Reading, England, United Kingdom